The University of Gdańsk was founded on 20 March 1970. It was formed from an amalgamation of two institutions of higher education: the Higher Economics School in Sopot and the Higher Pedagogical School in Gdańsk. Later, it also included the Higher Teacher Training School. The precursor of the Higher Economics School in Sopot was the Higher School of Maritime Trade in Sopot.
We have eleven faculties with almost twenty eight thousand students, doctoral students and post-graduates, who are taught by one thousand seven hundred academic staff. In such fields of study as Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Oceanography, Quantum Physics, Pedagogy, Psychology, Law and Economic Sciences, the University of Gdańsk is one of the best institutions in Poland.
The University offers a wide range of forms of education. Some of these are interdisciplinary, and several can be undertaken in cooperation with other academic centres in Poland and abroad (including MOST and ERASMUS student exchanges).
Research and other activities are conducted within the framework of over one hundred international agreements with foreign partners.
The University of Gdańsk has twice been amongst the winners of International Research Agendas, a special programme by the Foundation for Polish Science aimed at establishing innovative centres of excellence in Poland with the participation of the best researchers from across the world. Two agendas are being established at the University of Gdańsk ─ the International Centre for Cancer Vaccine Science, which will be headed by two world-class scientists, Prof. Ted Hupp and Prof. Robin Fahraeus, and the International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies (ICTQT).
Student practical work and placements, including those abroad, play an important part in studies at the University of Gdańsk. The University of Gdańsk Careers Office is a leader among professional advisory bodies in the Pomeranian Voivodeship. It helps graduates to find work and to make decisions concerning their professional development.
Student dormitories – The University of Gdańsk has a wide range of accommodation in its student dormitories located all over the Three Cities. Depending on the particular dormitory, facilities include: kitchens, quiet rooms for study, laundry facilities, drying rooms, and even exercise facilities. We also have rooms adapted to meet the needs of handicapped students. Monthly cost of accommodation varies from dormitory to dormitory, but is in the range of 300-500 zł.
The University of Gdańsk’s investment in development is concentrated in the expansion of the University on three campus sites: in Oliwa (The University of Gdańsk Baltic Campus), in Sopot, and in Gdynia.
The University’s infrastructure has been developed in recent years principally through financial support obtained through European Union programs.
New faculty buildings, and work units, and laboratories, provided with state-of-the-art equipment, open up new possibilities for scientific and scholarly research, and for cooperation with the economy and with business.
Students can choose their sport from among: team games, fitness training, tennis, table tennis, Nordic walking, badminton, swimming, weight lifting, contemporary dance, self-defense, climbing, skating, and running. They can also go to physical therapy classes of various kinds.
Students who are especially good at sports can join the Academic Sports Association, and follow their chosen sport in one of its sections.
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